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Katrina Charman wanted be a children's writer ever since she was eleven and her school teacher set her class the task of writing an epilogue to Roald Dahl's Matilda. The experience ignited her love of reading and writing and a desire to be a children's author.
In 2014 Katrina won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Undiscovered Voices Competition. Since then she has written several young fiction titles for children, and Car, Car, Truck, Jeep was her first picture book and the start of a series with Bloomsbury and Nick Sharratt.
Katrina lives in a small village in Berkshire with her husband and three children.
Freshly following the swashbuckling, song-driven Go, Go Pirate Boat by the same author-illustrator team, Rumble, Rumble, Dinosaur (to be sung - or belted out - to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”) is pretty much picture book perfection for pre-schoolers obsessed with these prehistoric heavyweights. And who doesn’t love dinosaurs, especially as imagined by Nick Sharratt in his distinctive bold, bright, ultra-engaging style, and especially when coupled with Katrina Charman’s joyful rhyming couplets? Using a day-in-the-life structure, the book follows a gaggle of dinosaurs who variously soar and swoop, stomp and stamp, munch and crunch, clop and crash, tromp and tramp from dawn to dusk before saying goodnight as the moon rises high. Alongside the sing-along fun, the book will also help little ones learn to recognise different dinosaurs, among them playful pterodactyls, leader-of-the pack stegosaurus, fun-loving triceratops, and the fierce, thundering T. Rex.
Longlisted for the BookTrust StoryTime Prize 2020 | Ahoy, me hearties, and grown-ups, be warned: the budding buccaneers in your life will demand that you perform Go, Go, Pirate Ship over and over (and over) again! With bright, bold illustrations by the unmistakable Nick Sharratt and a rollicking, rhyming text courtesy of Katrina Charman, this action-packed adventure invites little swashbucklers to join a pair of pirates and their parrot captain on a seafaring quest for a treasure chest. What’s more, while singing the sea-shanty-tastic song to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”, there are tonnes of actions to join in with, from raising the anchor and hoisting the sail, to grabbing the ropes and scrubbing the decks. And, like so many classic children’s adventures, our intrepid pirates make it home in time for tea. It’s a bouncy, jubilant joy from start to finish. For more fabulous sing-along fun, see also Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by the same inspired author-illustrator team.
This brand new board book edition of a favourite sing-along picture book is bursting with cars, buses, planes, trains, trucks, diggers and many more things that go. Add to that a musical accompaniment to the tune of 'Baa, Baa, Black Sheep' and ... what a combination! Follow the web link on the back of the book and get ready to sing along.
Shortlisted for the Booktrust Storytime Prize | Join two seafaring pirates and their captain on a nautical adventure to find a treasure chest. Add to that a text that is read aloud to the tune of 'Row, Row, Row Your Boat' and you have a book that will be enjoyed time and time again! Go, go, pirate boat, Across the salty sea, Raise the anchor, hoist the sail, It's a pirate's life for me. Little pirate fans will have endless fun singing along to the tune of a favourite nursery rhyme and doing the pirate actions in this fun ocean adventure. With bold, colourful illustrations by the instantly recognisable Nick Sharratt and text by talented newcomer Katrina Charman - creators of the bestselling Car, Car, Truck, Jeep, which was selected for BookTrust's inaugural 2019 Pyjamarama campaign and distributed to 450,000 children across the UK.
This is exactly the kind of wish-fulfilment story that will make lots of little girls very happy. Isla Palmer longs for a cat, but her mum, a busy vet, is adamant they can’t have one. Then when a stray cat is brought into the surgery Isla finally manages to change her mum’s mind and Poppy moves in. The little cat cheers up every member of Isla’s family, and before they know it they’re looking after another cat, and then another, in fact, as the book ends Isla is getting ready to open a cat café! It’s a story built round friendship, family, the pleasures of ordinary life, and the warm purr of a contented cat, and very satisfying for it. Readers looking for more sweet, gently cat stories will like Holly Webb’s animal stories, the Animal Ark series, and books by Megan Rix and Sarah Lean.